How we got to six...and quit

When Jimmy and I were hanging, "just friends,"
We were in his truck headed to Walmart (again!)
While talking he accidentally implied 
That one day we'd have kids when we go for a drive

I acted like I didn't get what he said
But of course I filed it away in my head
This guy wanted kids, and quite a few
Which for me, was something I already knew

A wedding was planned, and we tied the knot
We talked about starting a family a lot
And before very long I was reading the books
Jackson was born and we were hooked. 

For over two years it was just us and Jax
We still gave our concerts and played on our Macs. 
Then a sweet girl, though quite overdue
I thought we'd take a break (I didn't have a clue)

That in less than two years I'd do it again
A boy! A new brother, let's call it a win. 
After his labor I said, not lying,
"I don't wanna do that again for a really long time!"

Yet a little bit more than 18 months later,
Julie's at it again, contractions and labor. 
My baby girl came, a small one, petite. 
But having them close I would not repeat. 

You see two in diapers and one barely trained
Made this mother feel like a poop gravy train. 
I had two of each, my mind wanted to quit
But my heart wouldn't have it. That wasn't it. 

So a couple years later I had news to dump. 
I called mom and told her, then promptly hung up. 
Let her chew on that for a while-
We would become a family with five. 

New Years Eve brought us girl number three. 
She was beautiful, quiet, our angel baby. 
Three years later, our kids growing up,
We felt full and finished. We'd had enough. 

Well just about the time we considered "getting fixed"
Surprise! I am pregnant with babe number six. 
I hoped for a girl, it just seemed the best
The boys being a little older than the rest. 

And after nine months of discomfort and pain,
Violet Joy was born, the caboose of our train.
And while I always said I wanted seven kids,
My new dream was to never be pregnant again. 

Even though for a time I thought we'd never stop,
Jimmy's decided to close up shop. 
In fact he's more than decided, the deed has been done.
A new stage of our family has now begun. 

No longer building, we now will maintain
The chaos, education, and hearts of our train. 
God has blessed us with more than I ever could think.
(Though at times total insanity is on the brink!)

So that's how we went from zero to six
Two boys and four girls and a dog in the mix.
I'm thankful and proud, feeling joyful no less,
I'm content and at home in this beautiful mess. 

1 comment:

Lincoln Mathews said...

I never saw this and I loved it! I am so grateful for you all. It is a blessing to be a cousin to your six cars on that train and I hope you never again endure this much pain. Love you guys! Tell the family that I love them and that I cant wait to see them during summer!